Former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in Shillong died on Monday night after being admitted to a private hospital in Meghalaya in a critical condition.
Kalam, who served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007, collapsed in the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong while delivering a lecture to students in school B.
“The former president was brought almost dead to our hospital,” John Sailo Ryntathiang, director of Bethany Hospital, said.
According to sources, the former president collapsed around 6:30 pm and was taken to hospital. He died around 19:30, hospital officials said.
This is what Kalam tweeted just before leaving for Shillong.
Going to Shillong.. to take course on Livable Planet earth at iim. With @srijanpalsingh and Sharma.
— APJ Abdul Kalam (@APJAbdulKalam) July 27, 2015
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Short Bio
Born: October 15, 1931 (age 83), Rameswaram
Died: July 27, 2015, Shillong
Full name: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Awards: Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and more.
Parents: Ashiamma Jainulabiddin, Jainulabiddin Marakayar
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in a Tamil Muslim poor family in Rameswaram. But he overcame all odds to study physics and aerospace engineering.